Name: Despair (Formerly Branwen) Aka 'Mare of Misery'
Despair was once the beautiful mare by the name of Branwen, though after months of torture her body has changed. Her body type has remained mostly the same; A smaller mare, with a lithe agile frame that allows her to move quickly. Her mane, once a golden brown that was wore up in a braid, has turned a dark brown with. Her body is covered from hoof to head in scars, and her coat has dulled from it's cream color to a darker gray cream. Her eyes were also changed, though by the magic of Nightmare moon, to a blood red to give her a more dark look.
Despair normally has strips of black linen cloth wrapped around her legs and body, reaching all the way up to her neck to hide her scars. She wears a tattered black cloak with a large hood to cover her face. The only pieces of armor she wears is a light purple chest piece with the Eye symbol of Nightmare moon set in the breast and purple armored shoes.
Personality: Despair is a cruel mare, quick to anger, and shows no mercy. Months of torture and brainwashing had deprived the mare of any fear, even death or pain. She has an almost uncanny lust for violence, and seems to enjoy fighting more than one should. Despite all of that, much of her former self's intelligence was retained when Despair was created, allowing her to understand more complex things with ease. She's also developed a snarky and taunting attitude, something she uses when addressing anyone other than Nightmare moon herself.
Backstory: Branwen was once a proud and powerful mage in the ranks of the Solar Guard before the the rise of Nightmare Moon. Though still young, and before she would be accepted into the Celesital Guard, the mare had a notable prowess as a combat mage and was considered one of Equestria's finest during that time. She, along with many other guards, resisted Nightmare Moon on that fateful night and paid a heavy price for their bravery. Branwen managed to hold her ground against Nightmare Moon, even as her comrades were mercilessly slaughtered by the power of the dark Ruler. The young mage was no match for Nightmare moon however, only serving as an annoyance at the most before she too was beaten down, her body broke and her life barely hanging on by a thread.
It would not be the end for her though, and she would eventually wake up to find herself locked away in the dungeons of Nightmare Moon's Castle. She would quickly be subjected to torture at the hands of the enemy, sometimes by Nightmare Moon herself whenever she was feeling the desire too. Despite the physical pain, her mind and spirit held out against the odds, something that seemed to only anger Nightmare Moon more. It quickly became a sick game that would last months as the Dark Queen worked to break the small mare. When she finally started to crack, she began to plead for mercy with her captors.. When they continued to torture her, the pleading turned to hostile threats and blind rage... But they never stopped, not until finally the mare's spirit and mind were broken completely and she was left a husk of her former self.
Branwen, or what remained of her, didn't fear the thought of death nor pain anymore. She had grown accustomed to it over the long months of torture she had endured. Though the torture slowly stopped as a new game began between the broken mare and the Ruler of the Night. Nightmare Moon began to come and speak with Branwen, treating the once proud mage as one would a pet and even giving her a new name, Despair. Slowly Nightmare started rebuild the the mare from the ground up, using magic to alter the Mare's personality to create a weapon. Despair quickly learned her place and did as her Queen said without hesitation, something that pleased Nightmare to no end. She was retaught mage combat, something she remembered from whispers of her old life, and taught more darker powers as well.
Eventually feeling content with Despair, Nightmare removed her from the dungeons and set her to work, hunting down anyone who resisted or spoke out against the Queen.
Cutie Mark: Three Ravens in a circle. Ravens of old lore used to be symbols of knowledge and even arcane magic, something that Branwen excelled in. Though for Despair, the meaning of her cutie mark has been lost to her.
Equipment: Blood magic, dark magic, regular combat magic. I don't currently have a spell list, but can create one if needed for others to see.
A Nightmare Takeover AU
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Very nice, there. I'm certainly a fan. What I will warn about the whole lack of clarity with the magic thing though, is the usual "try not to let it get too out of hand". Also, might I recommend you contact Moondancer, she's kind of in a similar vein and may or may not have her own schemes.